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Ruthven Barracks ruin on a small hill in the shadow of the Cairngorm Mountains in the Highlands of Scotland

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History and culture with Strathallan Guest House

Explore some of the historic sites of the Scottish highlands while you stay at Strathallan bed and breakfast in Grantown on Spey. There are a lot of places of historical significance to visit while staying with us, here are just a few highlights and ideas for your holiday. There is just so much to do, we can’t list them all!

Please don’t forget to visit our wonderful Grantown Museum. Where you can discover more about the town and the local history. There are some wonderful pictures and historic pieces on display. The museum also acts as a tourist information centre and you should look out for special events, including live music and talks throughout the season.

Ruthven Barracks – You could visit the well preserved ruin of Ruthven Barracks dating from 1719. Where there are some beautiful photo opportunities and some interesting information on the barracks too.

Highland Folk Museum – Take a step back in time at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore for an insight into the lives of the Highland community over the years. This open air museum showcases a variety of dwellings that would have been lived in by Highlanders over the years. It is well worth a visit and is close to Ruthven Barracks.

Strathspey Steam Railway – Just 20 minutes away from Strathallan is the glorious Strathspey Steam Railway which you can pick up in Aviemore or from Broomhill Station just 5 minutes from Grantown-on-Spey. They also offer special cream tea and evening meal packages which should be booked in advance during the summer.

Ballindalloch Castle – You could also enjoy the grandeur of Ballindalloch Castle, which has been the home of the Macpherson-Grants since 1546. You can visit some of the rooms in the house, enjoy a walk around their gardens and also have some tea and cake in their cafe. There are also some longer walking routes you can take from the castle and they also host a variety of events throughout the year too.

Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle – Only an hour away this is the perfect day trip while staying at Strathallan Guest House. Jacobite cruises are available on Loch Ness or you can drive along the loch and visit the breath-taking Urquhart castle, a very well preserved ruin that sits on the banks of Loch Ness. The castle is managed by Historic Scotland and has a lot of information on its rather difficult past.

Brodie Castle – This is maintained by the National trust for Scotland and is a beautiful example of a 16th Century castle, filled with some amazing antiquities. The guides here are passionate and will tell you all of the wonderful stories and historical events that happened near the castle and affected the previous owners. Well worth a visit.

Knockando Woolmill – It is believed that this woolmill was opened in 1784 in the small village of Knockando. This beautiful place has been lovingly restored and you can walk around and rediscover the history and art-form of weaving in the Highlands. The volunteers offer demonstrations and activities during the spring and summer months. It is free to visit and they have a lovely visitor centre with a brilliant cafe. You can also buy some hand woven items from the small shop too.